Lava Labs was founded by Stas Todromovich in April 2011 in Richmond, Virginia. Stas was born in a small resort town in the south of the former Soviet Union and migrated to the United States at the age of 11. Since a very young age, he was very interested in how things were designed and made. For one simple reason, everything at that time in Russia was designed the same for all people. Things like bicycles, toys, and even homes where all designed and manufactured the same with only one or two models for everything. He thought a lot about the possibilities to be able to shape and mold anything you can imagine.
In 1994 Stas and his family migrated to the United States. First thing he saw was all the different designs of cars, toys, lights, and colors everywhere he looked, he was truly inspired.
Growing up in Detroit, Michigan he always wanted to take things apart to figure out how they worked and how they were made. In his spare time, he spent a great deal of time working on audio and acoustics related projects. At Michigan State University where he received his bachelor degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, he co-founded a student organization called Audio Enthusiasts and Engineers(AEE). With the help of David Lenz and Dr.Greogory Wierzba
The organization’s main goal was to build new audio gear in teams collaboratively with other students, faculty, and professionals in the industry. AEE is still going strong today after over 10 years from the first meeting. In that time since Stas has worked in the audio and acoustics industry researching and developing new products. In April 2011, Stas started Lava Labs to be a place where people with great ideas and ambition can walk in the front door and walk out soon after with a design or product.
In the past 8 and a half years, we have done just that, we have worked with some amazing people to help move their ideas forward. From startups to Fortune 500 companies, we truly care about the success of our clients, so we work hard to deliver quality products for every project. Throughout the project, we keep our clients “in the know” with weekly and even daily updates about our progress.
Beyond being highly knowledgeable, accessible, and adaptable– what stands out from our experience with LavaLab is that it feels like they are truly invested in the success of the end product. They don’t just take design requirements and churn out a product–they take the time to understand our motivations for a project and balance that with the variables that influence the end product’s viability. As a result, working with LavaLab has been a rewarding collaborative experience. I will certainly work with LavaLab on future projects, and highly recommend them for their design and engineering prowess!
Incredible work!! Stas made me a laser cut wood sign for my farm, and it looks amazing. I gave him some digital files, he resized and formatted them as needed, laser cut the logo, and shaped the edges. He was super fast, professional, and really helpful. The sign gets a ton of compliments.
I’ve worked with Lavalabs to laser cut stuff on several occasions and every time I’ve ended up with a great product. Definitely a great shop to work with!
Can’t say enough good things about Lava Lab! I needed their laser-cutting services for a quick turnaround project. Stas was wonderful about communicating with me, completing the work extremely quickly, and even went out of his way to pick up extra materials he needed in order to complete the job. I highly recommend them!
I came to him with a crude pro-type and an idea of what I wanted and Stas and his team worked with me to design, build and deliver a PCB that was exactly what I was looking for. Already coming up with my next design and will be working with Lava Labs on that one too!